Insect in coop?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by MamaSaylor, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. MamaSaylor

    MamaSaylor Out Of The Brooder

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    I went out to my hens to hang their feed and noticed tiny worm-like creatures in the sand. What could they be?!

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  2. fiberart57

    fiberart57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's really hard to see from you picture but they could be mealworms or maggots of a sort, eating the chicken food off the ground. I get them sometimes around the bricks that support the waterer. The girls love them.
    Mary
     
  3. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it looks like it would be chicken food.

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  4. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    It's impossible to tell from the pictures, but I wonder if it's a Lesser Mealworm (Alphitobius diaperinus)? Lesser mealworms are commonly associated with stored grain products and poultry. They can cause considerable damage as they burrow into wood seeking a place to pupate. Most importantly, they are an important vector of several poultry diseases. You can read more about them here.
     

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